3 August, 2011

Global Personals Ltd - Finalist In National Business Awards

Windsor, UK, 3 August 2011- Global Personals Ltd, one of the largest privately owned online dating companies in Europe, was today shortlisted for two prestigious accolades at the National Business Awards in partnership with Orange.

The company has made the finals for The BlackBerry Growth Strategy of the Year and the WorldPay Online Business of the Year and will now prepare to make presentations in person before an independent, expert judging panel in September and October at the offices of Coutts & Co.

With annualised revenues in excess of £25 million, Global Personals Ltd has experienced revenue growth of 4391% over the past five years. Launched in 2003, the company owns and operates its own online dating sites including Singles365.com, DatingAgency.com and JustSingleParents.com; whilst its B2B service, WhiteLabelDating.com, offers a platform for brands and individuals to power their own dating sites that currently includes The Independent, FHM, Cosmopolitan, and PlentyMoreFish as platform users.

Global Personals Ltd also witnessed very high levels of new member sign ups over the past weekend - an increase of 121% compared to the same time-frame in 2010.

Ross Williams, Co-founder and CEO, comments:

“We are delighted to have made the finals for two categories of the National Business Awards. Global Personals Ltd is going from strength-to-strength, highlighted by the phenomenal new member numbers we have seen over the hot summer weekend, which normally slows down the online dating industry. We are now looking forward to the presentation stages and meeting the other finalists at the awards ceremony over the next couple of months.”

Martin Stiven, Vice President of Business at Orange, part of Everything Everywhere, said:

“The National Business Awards, now in their tenth year, embody the core principles of business excellence, innovation and ethics, all of which are central to Orange’s company values. Reaching the finals of the National Business Awards is no mean feat and I am delighted that the calibre of entrants keep on improving. All finalists have demonstrated exceptional drive, resilience and innovation during challenging economic conditions. Many congratulations to all finalists and best of luck with the next stage of the competition, I very much look forward to the live judging in September and October.”

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About Global Personals Ltd

Launched in 2003, Global Personals Ltd is one of the largest privately owned online dating companies in Europe. Currently employing over 90 full time staff, the company owns and operates its own online dating sites including Singles365.com, DatingAgency.com and JustSingleParents.com, whilst its B2B service, WhiteLabelDating.com, offers a platform for brands and individuals to power their own dating sites that currently includes The Independent, FHM, Cosmopolitan, and PlentyMoreFish as partners.

Global Personals has received a collection of accolades including fastest growing company in the South East (UK), ranked 8th in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50, placed 19th in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA, won Digital Business Of The Year 2010 and highly ranked in The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 and the European Media Momentum Top 50, 2011. WhiteLabelDating.com has also won 'Best Software Provider' and 'Best Affiliate Program' at the 2011 industry awards, iDate.

About The National Business Awards

 

Open to organisations of all sizes from all sectors across the UK, the National Business Awards in partnership with Orange is the UK’s most prestigious independent business recognition platform with its particular emphasis on excellence, innovation and ethical business. Now in its tenth year, the National Business Awards connects the nations’ professionals through its annual awards ceremony; year-round thought leadership and round table events; and is UBM Plc’s flagship awards programme. Visit NationalBusinessAwards.co.uk or call 020 7234 8755 for further information.

For further information please contact:

PR Contact:

Louisa Page

Tel: +44 (0)1753 271280

Email:lpage@globalpersonals.co.uk

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